Colloquium on crime: Eleven renowned mystery writers discuss their work

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Authors describe how they got involved in mystery writing, how they work, and trends in the modern mystery

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Winks, a professor of history at Yale, regularly reviews mysteries in the Boston Globe. Here he gathers essays by British and American writers whom he particularly admires. Responding to the invitation ot discuss their work, the 10 men and one woman express their ideas in the distinctive styles that have made them favorites of crime-fiction fans. Dorothy Salisbury Davis tells about influences on her career during her early life in the Depression and later, when Graham Greene's Brighton Rock and other novels fired her ambition. Michael Gilbert limns the differences between the thriller and the whodunit. K.C. Constantine, Joseph Hansen and the other specialists are equally engaging, meeting Winks's criteria: they write well, make every fact count, use language with care. They entertain, and when they instruct too, it provides additional richness to their work.
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Boston Globe mystery reviewer Winks asked 15 of his favorite authors to sub mit essays on their craft. Four declined and Donald Hamilton entitled his short piece "Shut Up and Write." After reading the other chapters by Robert Barnard, Rex Burns, K. C. Constan tine, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Michael Gilbert, Joseph Hansen, Tony Hiller man, Reginald Hill, James McClure, and Robert Parker, Hamilton's advice seems very apropos. The essays are un even in quality, length, and focus and shed varying degrees of light on their authors' techniques and philosophies. Of slight interest to inveterate mystery readers and potential writers, this col lection is recommended only for inclu sive university libraries supporting popular culture programs. Jeanne Gelinas, Hennepin Cty. Lib., Golden Valley, Minn.
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